Retired Collin County Justice of the Peace
John A. Roller, Jr., died Sunday at his home in Celina. He was 83.
Born and raised in Celina, Judge Roller retired from county service in December 1998 after 36 years – nine consecutive elected terms of office – as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4. Elected in 1962, Judge Roller started work in Precinct 4 out of his own house, with a lone Constable.
Judge Roller also served as a City Judge for Celina’s Municipal Court from 1970-1987; Tax Assessor-Collector for Celina from 1974-1979; City Judge, Municipal Court, The Colony, from 1986-1991; and was City Judge for Municipal Court in Eastvale from 1986-1988.
He attended public schools in Celina and Sherman, and served in the U.S. Navy on board the
U.S.S. Pickaway from 1950-1954, during the Korean War. A 1954 auto accident caused a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia at the age 21.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years,
Beatrice Roller; children, Cheryl Roller Jacoby and husband Pete, Belinda Linstrum, David Barnes and wife LeeAnn, and Daniel Barnes; grandsons, C.J. Foust, Zachery Barnes and wife Rose, Joshua Barnes, Drew Cattell and wife Rebecca; granddaughters, Holly Barnes, Morgan Barnes Adcock and husband Jacob; great-grandchildren, Christian and Conner Foust, Sammy Serna, and Olivia Barnes; nephews, John Allen and wife Leticia, Joe Hollingsworth and wife Donna; nieces, Bonnie Bass and husband Doyle, Laura Taylor and Amanda Allen.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Celina. A
funeral service will be held Friday, April 14, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Celina, with burial following at Cottage Hill Cemetery in Celina, Texas.
In honor of his service to Collin County, flags will fly at half-staff on Friday at county buildings.